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Say No

This is something I picked up from a conversation I witnessed between Marvin Blickenstaff and Bob Duke at NCKP. They spoke about how sometimes – especially with students you’ve had for a while and with whom you’ve developed a good relationship – you can just give one-word feedback and yes/no answers. 

For example, if your student is trying a new technique they will need many attempts to get it. We’re often tempted to say, “Almost, had it! Try again and focus on…” rather than just saying yes when they get it and no when they don’t so that they can refine their understanding of what they’re trying to achieve.